The word for “market” in Arabic is souk. A few blocks from the Arabian Nights hostel where I stayed in Cairo is the old souk called Khan el Khalili. It is a busy, colourful maze of, well, things. Silver trays, rugs, alabaster lamps, dresses, fruit, and trinkets are sold in the winding streets next to Ottoman buildings as had been done for hundreds of years. Really.
On the first night, Abby, Brooke and I made friends with a shop owner, Rame, who scored us backstage passes to a movie set in a stunning Ottoman mosque. Sorry, no photos!